When London-based couple, Susan and Ben, first started planning their wedding, they had the grand idea of returning to Australia for cute beachside fancy barbeque wedding. The reality of DIY from afar set in, and they decided instead to look towards the true professionals to get their dream wedding off the ground. Luckily they had plenty of family and friends volunteer for the tough job of checking out venues – and testing the food!
In the end, the bride’s sister found the perfect Sunshine Coast hinterland wedding venue, Maleny Manor. The perfect photographer is obviously imperative to capture all the beauty of the location, alongside the special little details of the day. Enter documentary-style photographer Simon J Coulson. Last week we shared the couple’s fabulous stop motion wedding film created by Simon, and today we’re sharing all the incredible images and details from thier one perfect Maleny wedding day.
“As we live in London, our family and bridesmaid in Brisbane were heavily involved in visiting and taking photos of venues (as well as testing food) so that we could make a decision – that was a process that took the best part of six months!”
“Our ceremony was so filled with emotion – love, tears, and laughter, and being able to share that with our family and friends.”
Biggest splurge: The venue, we loved Maleny Manor.
Best money-saver: We didn’t have any bargains as such but we saved money by writing a list of what was important to us and sticking to it – we tried hard not to get drawn into the huge number of other things you can spend money on!
Bridal gown: Designer: Eliza Jane Howell, purchased from London
Accessories: Krystal of London
Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy
Bridesmaids’ accessories: Links of London
Groom’s suit and shoes: Gieves and Hawkes and Russell and Bromley
Groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Hugo Boss (it was one he already owned)
Rings: Berganza Antique Jewellers and 77 Diamonds in Londo
DIY: Some decoration of the tables, the seating plan, and the ceremony venue.
Honeymoon: Siena and Sicily in Italy
“During dinner and the party afterwards it was so amazing seeing everyone having a great time, the dance floor was going off, and our parents/ and Grandparents were having so much fun, particularly getting into costumes in the photo booth.”
Photographer Simon J Coulson | Florist Mondo Floral Designs | Caterer: Maleny Manor | Bombonnieres: We donated money to a local Maleny Charity instead (we place cards on the table with the details of the donation) | Transport Noosa Hinterland Tours to get guests to and from the venue. | Entertainment: DJ’s In Your House & Maleny Photobooths | Wedding Night Accommodation: Maleny Manor